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The EU and Canada: a transatlantic partnership with a strong digital dimension

By Roberto Viola      

In a year when both the European Parliament and Canada are holding elections, collaboration is key to combat increasing online dangers.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains is in charge of the country’s artificial intelligence strategy, and Canada’s AI ambitions are as far-reaching as the European Union’s, writes Peteris Ustubs. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Relations between the European Union and Canada are probably stronger now than they have ever been before. The Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, both signed in October 2016, show our mutual commitment to an open, democratic, sustainable, and progressive international order. I am delighted that an EU-Canada digital dialogue is now being launched, which will enable us to work together on some of the most pressing issues associated with the ongoing global digital transformation, which knows no borders.

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